David O. Russell Talks UNCHARTED; Film Will Include Nathan Drake’s Extended Family and International Intrigue

     December 1, 2010

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While doing press for his new film The Fighter, writer-director David O. Russell talked about his upcoming movie: an adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  While the game centers on protagonist Nathan Drake’s search to find El Dorado (and killing a disturbing number of henchmen along the way), according to 24 Frames, O. Russell’s adaptation will “include Drake’s extended family — and put them in fraught, globetrotting situations with some of the world’s most influential people.”  This coincides with an earlier statement from Mark Wahlberg (who’s playing Drake) that they’re trying to get Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to play Drake’s father and uncle, respectively.

Hit the jump for more on what O. Russell had to say about what attracted him to Uncharted.

So what drew O. Russell, who’s known more for his indie work than big summer blockbusters?  The filmmaker tells 24 Frames:

“This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice…. We’ll have the family dynamic, which we’ve done in a couple of movies now.  And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That’s a really cool idea to me.”

That actually sounds like an interesting take on the material.  It’s not like the game is some story-rich adventure as much as a series of pretenses for murdering an ungodly number of bad guys.  It will be interesting to see how much of the game O. Russell incorporates into his movie beyond the title and the main character.

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